The Secretary-General of the Liberian Senate, J. Nanborlor Sengbeh, has been requested by the Leadership of the Senate to review and probe an accusation of bribery levied against some Senators, by a staffer in the office of Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence.
According to a release from the Press Bureau of the Senate, Sengbeh is requested to probe statement made by Daniel Sando, the Administrative Assistant in the office of the chair of the Senate Committee on Rules, Order, and Administration, in which he accused Senators of receiving the amount of US$20,000.00 each to authorize the printing of a new family of banknotes in the amount of LD48,734,000.00.
“The Senate Secretary report will determine whether additional sanctions are justified to be imposed against Sando,” the release added. “Under the laws of Liberia, a bribe is a serious crime, and the burden of proof lies on the shoulder of the accuser.”
It can be recalled that Sando who is also an executive member of the Liberty Party of which Senator Lawrence serves as a political leader, recently accused Senators who signed a resolution to authorize the printing of a new family of banknotes, of doing so after pecuniary benefit of US$20,000.00 each as an inducement.
A day later, Senator Lawrence who is also the current rotational chair of the Collaborating Political Parties, slapped her Administrative Assistant with a month’s suspension without pay.
Accepting his boss’s action, Sando remains adamant that he has no regret and stands by his statement.
Meanwhile, the release said, the Liberian Senate has welcomed the decision taken by Sena. Lawrence suspends Sando for “falsely accused members of the Senate of taking a bribe to sign a resolution for the printing of a family of new banknotes.”
The release furthered that while the Senate encourages free speech and freedom of the press as provided for under Article 15 of the 1986 Constitution, it however comes with responsibility.
It added that the Secretary General’s mandate from the Senate Leadership through Pro-Tempore Albert T Chie is to accord Sando all due process during his interaction with him and report back to that body after the Easter break.